Michelle (Benjamin) Crisp (Credential ‘13, MA ‘14), just finished
her first year of teaching fourth grade at Main Ave. Elementary
in Sacramento, Calif. A milestone worth celebrating in itself.
But, to her great surprise, Crisp also received a Teacher of the
Year award from a local dentist’s office when one of her
students, Adrian Flores, nominated her.
Rod Davis (BA ‘71) has been named alumni regent on the University
of California Board of Regents. Mr. Davis and his wife Sue Davis
(Credential ‘73) have established the Sue Davis Award, an endowed
scholarship fund to support students studying to be elementary
school teachers in the UC Davis School of Education. The first
award will be made in fall 2015.
An article about using virtual reality to examine social
motivation and emotional perception in children with Autism
Spectrum Disorders appears in Psychology Progress. The article, co-authored by
Peter Mundy, a professor in the UC Davis School of Education and
School of Medicine, looked at 19 children with higher functioning
Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) and 23 age, gender, and IQ
matched children with typical development (TD), who used a joy
stick to position themselves closer or further from virtual
avatars while attempting to identify six emotions expressed by
the avatars, happiness, fear, anger, disgust, sadness, and
surprise that were expressed at different levels of intensity.
Read more here.
On June 4, six students from West Sac Early College Prep were
recognized for their work in helping to build small business
websites as part of a pilot project, Future Ready, launched by
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the City of West Sacramento to
make West Sacramento businesses more visible online and improve
their online presence in order to reach more customers.
Purchase Orders: We understand that many
teachers may not have the chance to request funds to cover this
professional development opportunity from their districts until
school resumes in the fall. We encourage all teachers and
administrators who would like to attend to register
now, and we will follow up for payment in early August.
Contact Cindy Smith, event manager, at (530) 752-7740 or
with any questions or concerns.
Learn from the Best
Teaching Artists from some of the world’s most respected
Shakespeare theaters will share active and playful approaches to
enliven the teaching of Shakespeare. All workshops are aligned
with Common Core Standards.
The ELA/literacy standards in the Common Core State Standards
highlight the growing complexity of the texts students must read
to be ready for the demands of college, career, and life. Closely
related to text complexity and inextricably connected to reading
comprehension is a focus on academic vocabulary, asking students
to determine word meanings, appreciate the nuances of words, and
steadily expand their range of words and phrases.
The standards include certain critical types of content for all
students, including classic myths and stories from around the
world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American
literature, and the writings of Shakespeare.
In fact, Shakespeare is the only author included
specifically in the ELA standards for the Common
Core. This provides a significant opportunity for
educators to rethink how we approach Shakespearean
instruction. Rather than the traditional learning
of Shakespeare that rushes through themes and character, the
primary goal of the Common Core is to arm students with the
tools to understand, decode, and analyze complex texts.
The internationally renowned and experienced Shakespeare
Works when Shakespeare Plays presenters know the
best way to teach Shakespeare is to play with
Shakespeare. Our practitioners’ approaches to
teaching Shakespeare incorporate and strengthen all of the goals
of the Common Core through fun, meaningful and practical ways to
bring Shakespeare alive for students.
Continuing Education Units
We are pleased to announce that you can earn up to 1.5 continuing
education units when you attend the conference. The cost will be
$115. You can register and pay for the units on the first day of
the conference or download
instructions here to enroll online.
Invited Presenters and Sponsors
The weekend is presented by the UC Davis School of Education and
the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at
UC Davis in association with Globe Education (Shakespeare’s
Globe, London) and the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
In California, the demand for professionals in science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields will grow nearly
20 percent by 2018. Yet too few students are choosing STEM
fields. Nancy (’74, Cred ’75) and Tom Patten (’74, MS ’76)
believe that enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers are the key
to unlocking the state’s potential for innovation and prosperity.
To help train the next generation of STEM teachers, the
Pattens have pledged $100,000 to establish a new matching fund
for the School of Education: the Next Generation STEM Teaching
Award. The fund will support scholarships for School of
Education teaching credential students who have the interest,
passion, and aptitude to teach STEM-related subjects in K-12
By preparing UC Davis educators to inspire the next generation of
students to pursue STEM majors and careers, the School of
Education strengthens California’s and the nation’s ability to
tap the true potential of its future innovators.